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2017-09-12 Wednesday and Thursday. From Nashville,TN to Memphis, TN (day 2 and 3 of the trip)
See the previous post for information of the start of the trip.
After seeing the Grand Ole Opry, the bus took us to Cool Springs, TN in order to avoid morning traffic in Nashville. The bus ride to Memphis was about 3 hours. After arriving, our tour director took us to Beale Street for lunch. I ate with a couple of other people at “The Pig”. There were many neon signs and it was evident that the night-life in the area was popular.

There are 4 Galleries of pictures in this post. To view the picture in a larger size, click on it. The larger size also gives a detailed description of each picture.  (Click on the right-side top-page “X” to quit the gallery view.) 

After lunch, we boarded the bus and we had a local, tour-guide show us the city from the bus. We were able to enter the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital gates and tour from the bus. Also, the guide showed us, the area of low-income housing available to Elvis and his family when they moved from Tupelo. We also visited Sun Studios where Elvis cut his first record. 

 

We went to the Peabody Hotel and saw the ducks walk from the fountain to the elevator. They retire each day to their palace on the roof at 5PM. 

We stayed at The Guest House at Graceland. It opened in April of this year and is considered a 4-star hotel by Triple-A. On Thursday morning, after breakfast, we rode from the hotel to the parking lot of the Elvis Tourist Complex. It was a short-distance for younger, able-bodied people, but – our senior-group needed to reserve our energy for the tour. We were given tickets by our tour director and she recommended that we view the Graceland mansion first, and the displays in the complex afterward. We also had a ticket for lunch at Vernon’s – one of several food choices available in the complex. After seeing a short movie about Elvis, we went to the ‘shuttle-bus’ area and were given Apple iPads and headphones. The shuttle bus took us across Elvis Presley Boulevard to the mansion. At the entrance, we were asked to not use any pictures that we took commercially, and to start the iPad tour audio. I thought that the mansion was very nice and I liked the audio tour. After touring the first floor and downstairs of the house, we went on an exit to the back – i.e., Vernon’s office, the racquetball courts/house, and the memorial garden. (Note: the upstairs is considered a private-space.)

We had a short line to the return shuttle back to the tourist-complex. I will share more pictures of the exhibits there, but think that this is a “place that you should visit” to enjoy them.

(I have NOT mastered the gallery feature of wordpress, the software that I use to create the blog. I regret to say that I have attempted MANY times to change the picture orientation of several pictures and have not been successful. In fact, in several attempts to change the orientation, the whole blog post was deleted and I had to re-create it. (OK – at least 5 times without success.)  There is a technique or timing-algorithm that I’m missing – and I now give up trying. )

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2017-09-12 Tuesday. From Atlanta to Nashville,TN (day 1 of a 3-day trip)

2017-09-12 Tuesday. From Atlanta to Nashville,TN (day 1 of a 3-day trip)
Hurricane Irma had an impact on Atlanta on Monday, 9/11. Our “Seniors On the Go Tours” by motorcoach-bus had been planned and scheduled for months. Our trip director had received ‘non-refundable’ tickets to the Grand Ole Opry for Tuesday night and the trip was in peril due to the storm. Instead of leaving at 7:45AM from Lawrenceville, she decided to leave at 11AM. That would give many the opportunity to see if the roads that they needed to use were passable. About 45 people went on the trip and 5 had to cancel due to storm-related aftermath. Fortunately, I didn’t have electricity fail or any trees fall in my yard. My roommate had to stay because of ‘issues’, i.e. many trees fell on her property and she was without electricity.
We were told to be ‘in-our-seats’ for the Opry at 7:00PM. There was a ‘special’ telethon planned to help raise money for the hurricane victims and the Opry location was part of the event. Other locations were New York and Los Angelas. After arriving in Nashville, we ate supper across the street from the Opryland Hotel and the Grand Ole Opry was behind the hotel. I’ve included many pictures (as usual), and hope that you, the reader, enjoy them.

This post 1 of 2. For the information and pictures of the trip in Memphis, see the next post = 2017-09-13. 

Grand Ole Opry program notes: Blake Shelton, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Jon Parti, Henry Cho (comedian), Margo Price, Lukas Nelson, Trace Adkins.  Opry shows are broadcast live on the Opry’s mobile app, 650 AM WSM and on opry.com and wsmonline.com. 

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